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Red Sox training camp report No. 5

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 16, 2013 01:58 PM

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WEATHER: The sun returned to the Fort. It was 60 degrees when the team hit the field and warmed up a bit from there.

MEDICAL REPORT: Mike Napoli (hips) and David Ortiz (right Achilles tendon) will not be ready for when games start next week. But both remain on track for Opening Day. … GM Ben Cherington said the Sox have talked to LHP Felix Doubront about his conditioning and that he has done everything they’ve asked since camp started.

FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox did some team defensive work involving bunt plays. For the first day of that, it was crisp. The individual defensive drills were a showcase for Jose Iglesias, whose quick hands had fans murmuring in appreciation.

THUMBS UP: Ortiz is finding his rhythm at the plate. Big Papi launched a series of balls onto the roof of the batting cage beyond right field at Field 3. … Andrew Bailey is healthy and looks it. He showed location and velocity during his session of live batting practice. … Catching prospect Christian Vazquez took charge on the bunt drills like he was a veteran. Pitchers have said they like throwing to him, too.

THUMBS DOWN: Junichi Tazawa accidentally hit Jonny Gomes in the shoulder with a pitch during the live batting practice. Gomes shrugged it off. … Mauro Gomez was struggling a bit during the individual defensive drills, letting a few balls get by him. But he was better in the team segment. The Sox need lefthanded hitters on their bench and the righthanded hitting Gomez will have trouble making the team.

AROUND THE BASES: The Red Sox won’t try outfielder Ryan Sweeney at first base, Cherington said. But infielder Pedro Ciriaco will get some time in the outfield during camp. … After some wavering, minor league righthander Jose De La Torre decided to keep his commitment to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. … Cherington said the intent is to start the season with 12 pitchers. The Sox have carried an extra reliever at times in recent years.

SCHEDULE: The Sox have photo sessions on Sunday morning but will hit the field at the usual time of 9:30 a.m. Many of the starters will pitch live BP.

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